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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 11, 2008 Terror Bill Passes Narrowly in Britain
QUOTE: Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced down a revolt within his governing Labor Party on Wednesday, winning a precariously narrow victory in the House of Commons for a measure that among other things would allow the authorities to hold terrorism suspects for up to 42 days without charges.
New York Times Jun 10, 2008 Spanish Truckers Block Border
QUOTE: In the latest show of distress, Spanish truckers Monday began a blockade of their country’s border with France, lining up their rigs and slowing them to a crawl to protest the cost of diesel fuel.
New York Times Jun 10, 2008 Spain, Like U.S., Grapples With Immigration (Border Crossings)
QUOTE: With the United States riven by calls to legalize millions of illegal immigrants, Americans might consider the possible effects by looking at southern Europe, where illegal immigration has abounded and so have forgiveness plans.
New York Times Jun 03, 2008 Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Greece
QUOTE: Defying governmental wrath, the mayor of a remote Greek island performed the country’s first same-sex marriages on Tuesday, wedding two men and two women.
New York Times Jun 01, 2008 A New Approach to Horse Adoption (The Rail: The Race for the Triple Crown)
QUOTE: The Ligue is staunchly opposed to horse slaughter, and all racehorses taken over by the group have their papers marked “not for human consumption.” Riboulet said slaughter houses were not allowed to take any horse that did not have papers and a microchip.
New York Times May 30, 2008 Former EADS Chief Faces Preliminary Charges
QUOTE: The executive was forced out of European Aeronautic Defense & Space, the parent of Airbus, in July 2006, in the fallout over delays with the A380. The French financial markets regulator, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers, is investigating whether Mr. Forgeard, along with 16 other executives, traded on insider knowledge of those delays and others involving the smaller A350 jetliner.
New York Times May 28, 2008 Traffic Stops Over Gas Prices: As Fuel Costs Soar in Europe, Angry Truckers, Fishermen Set Up Blockades
QUOTE: Hundreds of truckers shut down a central London highway Tuesday, French fishermen blockaded ports and French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed cutting European fuel taxes as already high gasoline prices soared even higher.
Washington Post May 27, 2008 Phone Giant in Germany Stirs a Furor
QUOTE: In a case that echoes the corporate spying scandal at Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Telekom said there had been “severe and far-reaching” misuse of private data involving contacts between board members and reporters. The disclosure, which was prompted by a report on Saturday on the Web site of the news magazine Der Spiegel set off a storm of protest from privacy advocates, journalists, and labor representatives at the company.
New York Times May 27, 2008 Investors Criticize French Bank Chairman for Loss
QUOTE: At the bank’s annual meeting, several investors called for the resignation of the chairman, Daniel Bouton, and asked why the head of the investment banking division, Jean-Pierre Mustier, was still in his job. They accused management of transforming the bank into a casino. And, in a sign that class-action lawsuits in New York and France might be gathering pace, they sought restitution.
New York Times May 26, 2008 $1.85 Fee to See a Doctor? Some Say It’s Too Much
QUOTE: Countries rich and poor struggle with how best to provide affordable health care to their citizens without breaking the bank. In places like the Czech Republic, there is a sense of betrayal, because the state long took care of them, but also a justified fear for those left behind in the recent years of growth and change.
New York Times May 22, 2008 Report in Trading Scandal Cites Failure of Managers
QUOTE: The report, which was written by internal auditors, will suggest that Mr. Kerviel himself probably did not manipulate Société Générale’s computer system to enter large unauthorized bets under someone else’s name. Instead, the report concludes that on several occasions, his assistant, Thomas Mougard, did it for him, raising questions about the role of Mr. Mougard in the trading.
New York Times May 22, 2008 Justice and the Stonehenge Vandals (The Lede)
QUOTE: Officials today revealed an incident last week at Stonehenge involving two men, a hammer and a screwdriver. They were chased off by security guards at the site, but not before leaving a scratch measuring two-and-a-half inches on the Heel Stone.
New York Times May 07, 2008 In Europe, New Scrutiny of Ethical Standards
QUOTE: 'A series of bribery investigations at leading European companies has helped to accelerate compliance with global anticorruption standards as managers recognize the risk to their brands and reputations, legal analysts and international regulators say....“an increased sensibility among global companies that the reputational damage of bribery allegations has become much more significant than any actual legal consequences.”'
New York Times May 06, 2008 A Woman, a Village and a War on Plastic Bags
QUOTE: This week, to mark the one-year anniversary of the bag ban, Modbury is planning a big beach cleanup -- and a new campaign. Whatever item of trash residents find the most of, they will ban next. Hosking suspects it's going to be plastic water bottles, and she is already thinking about ways to promote reusable cups for tap water.
Washington Post Apr 23, 2008 Food Crisis Is Depicted As 'Silent Tsunami': Sharp Price Hikes Leave Many Millions in Hunger
QUOTE: More than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a "silent tsunami" of sharply rising food prices, which have sparked riots around the world and threaten U.N.-backed feeding programs for 20 million children, the top U.N. food official said Tuesday.
Washington Post Apr 22, 2008 UBS Faults Blind Ambition for Subprime Miscues
QUOTE: The Swiss banking giant UBS, which has written off more debt from the subprime crisis than any other bank, conceded in a report on Monday that a blind drive for revenue led it to take more risks than it should have.
New York Times Apr 18, 2008 A German Battle over Food Labeling: Due to a growing outcry against misleading labels, the EU calls for a mandatory system, but Berlin wants to decide for itself how to do it
QUOTE: Few in Germany's parliament expected the kind of heated debate that would be sparked when it began to discuss the issue of food labeling last month. But industry, politicians and consumer protection advocates have long been waging a bitter battle over food labeling practices. Some are concerned about their business, while others are worried about consumer health and the costs to society at large.
BusinessWeek Apr 15, 2008 Advertising: On the Edge of Impropriety, Ryanair Builds Its Image
QUOTE: Last week, a Ryanair ad promoting low air fares drew fire from the British Advertising Standards Authority, which monitors ads for taste and accuracy. The agency said that Ryanair had been misleading consumers about the availability of the low fares, and complained of the company’s “unwillingness and apparent inability” to comply with British advertising codes.
New York Times Mar 19, 2008 Postal voting cheats are threat to May elections
QUOTE: He said that the current [voting] system made “wholesale electoral fraud both easy and profitable” and accused politicians of failing to act after past scandals. He urged sweeping reforms to electoral law dealing with corruption. His comments came as he found a Conservative councillor guilty of vote rigging by using postal ballots in the names of hundreds of “ghost voters” fraudulently added to the electoral register.
Sunday Times/The Times (UK) Mar 07, 2008 Concern in Europe on Cellphone Ads for Children
QUOTE: The objections...appear to reflect an instinctive worry about whether parents should be giving young children cellphones at all. Jóvenes Verdes, an environmental advocacy group for young people in Spain, argues that “the mobile telephone industry is acting like the tobacco industry by designing products that addict the very young.”
New York Times Mar 07, 2008 Concerns Linger over Google-DoubleClick: EU regulators appear likely to approve Google's takeover unconditionally, but digital privacy advocates remain firmly opposed
QUOTE: The search engine giant stores massive amounts of data tracking people's search histories. The merger would enable the company to combine this data with Double Click's vast storehouse of data on people's websurfing activities. However, the takeover of Double Click has raised substantial opposition amongst digital privacy advocates and experts on the internet.
BusinessWeek Feb 27, 2008 Merchants in Britain Give Young Loiterers an Earful: Shrill Noise Repels Kids but Not Adults
QUOTE: The Mosquito has sparked a new sort of buzz in Britain, this time among political and civil rights groups that say the device is discriminatory and treats young people as second-class citizens. Others have worried that the Mosquito is the next step in Britain's Big Brother society.
Washington Post Jan 29, 2008 When a Murderer Wants to Practice Medicine
QUOTE: The case of a Nazi sympathizer who entered a famed Swedish medical school in 2007, seven years after being convicted of a hate murder, throws a rarely discussed question into sharp focus: Should a murderer ever be allowed to practice medicine?
New York Times Dec 03, 2007 Ad for New Train Service Strains European Taste
QUOTE: That created the odd spectacle of Fleet Street newspapers — never shy about resorting to national stereotypes when, say, the England soccer team plays a European rival — crying foul.
New York Times Nov 26, 2007 French Youths Clash With Police
QUOTE: The confrontation began Sunday night when two youths on a motorbike were killed in a collision with a police car in Villiers-le-Bel, a mixed suburb with Arab, black and white residents 12 miles north of Paris. Within an hour of the accident, youths began throwing stones at the police and firemen, and set four buildings ablaze
New York Times Nov 23, 2007 Sweden Turns to a Promising Power Source, With Flaws
QUOTE: Yet Sweden’s gleaming wind park is entering service at a time when wind energy is coming under sharper scrutiny, not just from hostile neighbors, who complain that the towers are a blot on the landscape, but from energy experts who question its reliability as a source of power.
New York Times Nov 23, 2007 Where Boys Grow Up to Be Jihadis
QUOTE: Yet individual experiences and ideological convictions can only explain so much. Increasingly, terrorism analysts have focused on the importance of social milieu. Some stress that terrorists are not simply loners, overcome by a militant cause. They are more likely to radicalize together with others who share the same passions and afflictions and daily routines.
New York Times Nov 14, 2007 Strike in France a Test of Wills
QUOTE: Against that backdrop, the protests have become an emblematic test of wills. Mr. Sarkozy’s pension reform, which only affects about 500,000 public sector employees, is the opening salvo in a series of measures aimed more broadly at rolling back France’s system of labor protections.
New York Times Nov 12, 2007 European Tabloids Still Agog Months After Child Vanishes
QUOTE: The coverage has increased circulation at newspapers and kept a staff of public relations professionals, working on behalf of the McCanns, busy denying the latest leaks against them. British papers have benefited from a seemingly endless appetite for articles about the McCanns, fueling online and dinner-party debates about everything from the reliability of DNA evidence to the differences between British and Portuguese child care practices.
New York Times Nov 07, 2007 Serb Nationalist’s Trial Begins in The Hague
QUOTE: Some experts watching the session from the public gallery said they saw the Seselj trial as the most important case since Mr. Milosevic died. While the two men were variously rivals and allies, they were linked in the same project of using a violent campaign to drive away anyone not a Serb from parts of Bosnia and Croatia and thus create a larger homeland only for Serbs.
New York Times Oct 24, 2007 Hungarian Extremists Reflect Discontent, and Add to It
QUOTE: The group says the red and white stripes are just the banner of a Hungarian dynasty from the 13th century. But critics, especially among Jewish groups here, point to more recent usage: by the Arrow Cross Party, the Hungarian allies of Nazi Germany during World War II.
New York Times Oct 22, 2007 Far-Right Party Posts Gains in Voting for Swiss Parliament
QUOTE: After a campaign widely criticized as racist, Switzerland’s far-right Swiss People’s Party strengthened its position as the biggest single party in Parliament in a general election on Sunday, according to a projection after voting ended.
New York Times Oct 21, 2007 Beware of Domain Name Scams in US Mail
QUOTE: Back in 2003 the Federal Trade Commission had to go to court against the Domain Registry of America, a company known for their use of direct US mail to domain name owners. DROA's mailings tried to convey the impression that they were an expiration notice and that filling out the form and paying would renew the domain registration.
PC Magazine Oct 18, 2007 Nobel winner accused of being racist
QUOTE: A British museum has canceled a lecture by Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, after he claimed black people are less intelligent than whites in a recent newspaper interview.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 17, 2007 Abroad: Ready or Not, France Opens Museum on Immigration
QUOTE: But being a French citizen means you’re not categorized as African French or Southeast Asian French or West Indian French; you’re just plain French. That’s the republican ideal, citizenship bestowing theoretical equality, belying the reality of racism. French schoolchildren are steeped in the concept of a single France. The law actually forbids taking a census according to ethnic or racial categories.
New York Times Oct 09, 2007 Swiss Fury at Foreigners Boiling Over: Grisly Attack on African Underscores Race Issue In a Harsh Campaign
QUOTE: Across Switzerland, anti-foreigner and anti-Islamic attitudes have become so pervasive on the streets, in politics and within governmental institutions that the United Nations, European Union, Amnesty International and Switzerland's own Federal Commission Against Racism have expressed alarm in recent months.
Washington Post Oct 04, 2007 Critic of Islam Confronts Dutch Over Guards
QUOTE: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken Dutch critic of Islam who moved to the United States to escape death threats in the Netherlands, has returned there to fight a Dutch government plan to cut off financing for her bodyguards, her lawyer said Wednesday.
New York Times Sep 17, 2007 A Major Setback for Microsoft in Europe: A European court remakes the competitive landscape for the software giant—and sets the stage for new antitrust battles.
QUOTE: It has been more than nine years since the battle between Microsoft and the European Union began, but on Monday, Europe’s second-highest court finally declared a winner. In the Grand Salle of the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg, 13 judges unanimously upheld a lower court’s controversial ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position.
Newsweek Sep 04, 2007 Strike Shuts Most of London’s Subway
QUOTE: The striking workers, who are members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, are Metronet employees and are seeking job and pension security despite the demise of the company.
New York Times Aug 27, 2007 Why is Greece on fire?
QUOTE: as authorities struggle to deal with the immediate crisis... questions are being raised about how seriously the government takes the protection of the country's open spaces.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 24, 2007 In Britain, ever-cheaper alcohol is prompting legal action
QUOTE: Almost 200 lawmakers are calling for an end to irresponsible drink promotions and in particular want supermarkets to desist from selling alcohol below cost. Some stores, for instance, have been pricing lager cheaper than water.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 11, 2007 Rights Movement Divides Russia's Gay Community
QUOTE: Campaigners say homophobia is as much a political as a social issue… But other gays express skepticism over an approach that pushes them into the public eye.
Washington Post Aug 08, 2007 Russians Fired Missile At Village, Georgia Says
QUOTE: Georgia on Tuesday charged that a Russian warplane fired a large missile at a Georgian village Monday in an act of "undisguised aggression." [But] Moscow sharply denied that any of its warplanes were in the area…
Washington Post Aug 08, 2007 British Outbreak May Be Linked to Human Action
QUOTE: [a] report… said there was a “strong probability” that the outbreak originated at the laboratory facilities… [but] The Institute of Animal Health and Merial Animal Health have denied that there had been any breaches in their biosecurity procedures.
New York Times Aug 07, 2007 Masterpieces Nabbed in French Art Heist: In Brazen 10 Minutes At Museum, Thieves Grab Monet, 3 Others
QUOTE: The daytime heist of well-known paintings ranks among the most audacious examples of a growing number of thefts from public and private collections... Interpol estimates that art thefts total billions of dollars a year, with France and Italy consistently hit hardest because of their vast troves of art and artifacts.
Washington Post Aug 02, 2007 Russian Firm May Cut Gas Supply to Belarus
QUOTE: Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly, said Wednesday it will cut off nearly half of its shipments to Belarus within two days… [but] will keep the gas flowing if Belarus offers an acceptable settlement by Friday morning
Washington Post Jul 26, 2007 Toymaking in China, Mattel’s Way
QUOTE: The recent wave of recalls and warnings from China has ignited worldwide...[and] companies are trying urgently to figure out how to do business here, without risking their reputation, consumer trust, or customers’ lives. Mattel may have some of the answers.
New York Times Jul 25, 2007 Local Property Dispute Grows Into International Issue for Kazakhstan
QUOTE: One of the fundamental principles of the [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe]...is religious freedom. The standoff with the Hare Krishna movement threatens the image of a harmonious, multidenominational country...
Washington Post Jul 11, 2007 Pope, Restating 2000 Document, Cites ‘Defects’ of Other Faiths
QUOTE: Pope Benedict XVI restated Tuesday what he said were the “defects” of Christian faiths other than Roman Catholicism, prompting anger from Protestants who questioned the Vatican’s respect for other beliefs.
New York Times Jul 10, 2007 Interpol Chief Calls U.K. Lax In Terror Fight: Failure to Share Data Also Cited
QUOTE: [Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble] faulted Britain for failure to share information and consult global databases useful in fighting terrorism. His comments come at a time when many Britons worry that the country needs to do more...
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